Correspondence

Circular: changes to Home Office guidance on police misconduct, unsatisfactory performance and attendance management procedures

This circular announces updated Home Office guidance on police misconduct, unsatisfactory performance and attendance management procedures.

Documents

Annex G: guidance on misconduct, legally-qualified chairs and special case hearings held in public

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (eg a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email alternativeformats@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Annex H: guidance on protections for whistleblowers

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (eg a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email alternativeformats@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Detail

The new regulations set out in this circular will:

  • increase transparency by requiring that police disciplinary hearings are held in public from 1 May 2015
  • make these hearings fairer by ensuring that the chair is legally-qualified from January 2016
  • protect police whistleblowers from unfair disciplinary action from 1 May 2015
  • allow compensation to be withheld from Chief Officers in specific circumstances from 1 May 2015

Annexes G and H are advanced copies of guidance on these changes to the regulations. Annex G covers disciplinary hearings in public, legally-qualified chairs and withholding compensation for chief officers. Annex H covers protected disclosures for police whistleblowers.

A comprehensive version of the guidance, fully incorporating the changes to the regulations, will be published when the first regulations come into force on 1 May 2015.